While Margo and Mike took a few photos after their military wedding ceremony with Melissa Arlena Photography, the guests enjoyed the benefits of a museum wedding and explored. After the couple rejoined their guests, the reception was filled with military traditions, fun and even a little known Marine fact incorporated into their favors! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s all in the details!

The National Museum of the Marine Corps Wedding Reception

From Margo: A fun piece about getting married at a museum is having the museum open to guests.  We were able to take pictures between the ceremony and the reception, which also allowed time for our guests to experience the museum and walk around.  This was very exciting for many of them because it opened their eyes into what Marine Corps life is.  Many guests have told me how great it was to walk around and learn more about the Marine Corps.

Blue and White Wedding Decor White Wedding Flowers

One of our favorite details from the wedding were the favors.  Each guest was given a large Tootsie Roll (in the retro wrapping) that included a small blurb about how Tootsie Rolls were delivered to the Marines during the Korean War.  The Marines were low on mortar rounds and the code name for mortar rounds was “Tootsie Rolls”.  They were accidentally delivered crates of Tootsie Roll candies instead of mortar rounds.  We thought this was a fun fact that most people did not know and it was a small piece of history in a candy.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps Wedding Blue and White Decor

Custom Wedding Plate

Military Wedding Reception

The National Museum of the Marine Corps Wedding First Dance

The National Museum of the Marine Corps Wedding Dance

My husband’s favorite memory was a surprise with my father and all the Marines at our wedding.  My father was in the Navy for 20 years, so he wore his all white uniform to the wedding.  As his small tribute to the Marine Corps, he wore a bright red US Marines shirt under his blouse; without my husband’s knowledge.  At one point during the reception, he gathered all the Marines together and unbuttoned his blouse to show them his shirt.  My husband and his Marine buddies went crazy!!!  The pictures Melissa got of this moment are SO good!  It was a great surprise for my husband and a very special moment between him and my father.

Military Wedding in Virginia

Photo Table Number Military Wedding Cake Topper

Military Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake Smash

Wedding Cake Cutting

Margo’s advice to other DC-area couples:

Our entire relationship and wedding was focused in the DC area, but we don’t know anything about life as a married couple there.  As a couple in the area, we made sure to make time for ourselves, but also our friends.  The DC area is bustling and there is always so much to do.  Take advantage of everything; whether you’re married, engaged, or dating.  For any military brides, be ready for the time of your life!  You will be bouncing around before you know it, but it will be the greatest adventure!

The National Museum of the Marine Corps Weddings

The following Washington, DC area wedding vendors contributed to Margo and Mike’s wedding:

Venue: The National Museum of the Marine Corps
Photographer: Melissa Arlena Photography
Videographer: Cortney Matz
Floral Designer: Karin’s’ Florist
Ceremony Music: Chris Kim
Reception DJ: Jeremy Winston
Cake: Caroline’s Cakes
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas
Hair: Heather Nickens
Bridal Attire + Headpiece: White Swan Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Favors: The National Museum of the Marine Corps Gift Shop

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Photo Credits: Melissa Arlena Photography

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